Help Musicians UK calls for music industry to take part in Parents in Performing Arts’ biggest ever ‘work/life balance’ survey

Help Musicians UK today called for the music community to engage with the UK’s biggest research into working life for parents and carers in the music industry.

HMUK have partnered with Parents in Performing Arts and Birkbeck University for this research into  workers' work/life balance which is also backed by UK Theatre, SOLT, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Sadler’s Wells, One Dance UK and UK Music. The 'Balancing Act: Work/Life Survey’ seeks contributions from on and offstage staff to reveal the biggest challenges to parenting and working in the sector, as well as identifying the most effective strategies for change.

Diversity and representation in the performing arts is a priority and there has been very little data on the experience of working parents and carers in this sector. Growing evidence points to a lack of provision for parents and carers who face insurmountable challenges to career progression whilst combined with caring responsibilities.  The survey has the potential to revolutionise working practices for all, across the Industry.

In order to get the most accurate representation of the sector it is crucial that as many carers, parents and non-parents voices are heard as possible in order to create the strongest case for change. To take part in the survey please click the link below to add your voice to this vital research.

Balancing Act: Work/Life Balance Survey 

“I started my professional life out as a dancer, so it’s doubly rewarding to be involved in this project. Life in the arts is hugely rewarding, but often precarious, and a serious juggling act for carers and parents. Our research will help to pinpoint robust data, providing the industry with impetus for change” Professor Almuth McDowall, Birkbeck University

‘We at Help Musicians UK are proud to support PiPA in this vital new research study. The charity is committed to campaigning and advocating for the issues that are important to our community within the music sector. Armed with key insights and evidence, HMUK will be able to highlight the areas that the parents and carers within the music industry need the most support and investment in.’ Claire Gevaux, Director of Programme, Help Musicians UK

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